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Björkqvist, 2018 Picks Headline Penguins Development Camp Roster

The camp, which will run from Wednesday afternoon through Friday evening, is fully open to the public.



Kasper Björkqvist. - HOCKEY EAST

All four Pittsburgh Penguins picks from last weekend’s NHL Draft in Dallas are expected to be present for the team’s annual development camp, which will once again be held at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township.

The camp, which will run from Wednesday afternoon through Friday evening, is fully open to the public. Here’s the complete roster, including 13 players drafted over the past three years, three players under entry-level NHL contracts and 22 undrafted free agents.

Providence College power forward Kasper Björkqvist headlines the group, coming off a 16-goal sophomore season for Hockey East’s Friars. (Take a look at Dan Kingerski‘s PHN Extra scouting report on Björkqvist, a second-round pick in 2016.) There are four other college-age draftees expected to take part this week, led by offensive defenseman Clayton Phillips, a third-round pick last year that spent half the 2017-18 season with the University of Minnesota after a midseason step up from junior hockey in the USHL.

The three players under contract with the Penguins are center Tobias Lindberg, acquired from Vegas in the Derick Brassard deal; left wing Sam Miletic, who scored 92 points in 65 major-junior games last season; and goalie Alex D’Orio, signed after impressing in last year’s development camp and rookie tournament.

The four draft picks from last weekend — defenseman Calen Addison and centers Filip HållanderJustin Almeida and Liam Gorman — will skate for the first time in front of Penguins fans, with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach Clark Donatelli reprising his role as boss man for the three-day camp.

Mario Lemieux‘s son Austin will return to development camp for a third consecutive year, following a redshirt freshman season at Arizona State University. Other than that, there are no players of significant local interest, with Robert Morris and Penn State getting shut out this year. RMU star center Brady Ferguson seemed to make an impression on the Penguins last year, but he’ll be in Toronto’s camp after signing with the AHL’s Marlies this spring. Unsigned Colonials goalie Francis Marotte will take part in Capitals development camp.

As for the schedule, there will be a pair of on-ice workouts Wednesday, one at 2:15 p.m. and the other at 3:15. Thursday’s skills sessions are earlier, at 9:15 a.m. and 10:15. Friday will feature two ‘morning skates’ at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 ahead of a three-on-three tournament that starts at 7 p.m. There will be no charge to attend any portion of the development camp.

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A lifelong hockey addict, Matt has been fortunate enough to make his career in his sport of choice, working in high school, juniors, college and the pros in various multimedia roles. Previous to joining PHN, Matt was a credentialed Penguins/NHL beat reporter from 2016-18, including coverage of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. He contributes commentary and analysis here in various forms.

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